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Environmentalists Blocking Wind Farms? And Solar? And Geothermal?

Environmental groups, which are as quick to fang each other as they are dirty polluters, are lining up in opposition to the lines and to wind farms in general. In fact, they’re lining up against most current sources of renewable power: the Audubon Society hates wind farms because the blades kill birds and bats; hydroelectric covers up large swaths of land and releases “greenhouse gasses” when decaying material is exposed to the air; the Sierra Club has opposed solar plants in the Mohave. Apparently, even geothermal creates toxic waste no one wants.

So what’s the solution?

There isn’t one. The power companies involved in the Kansas program are still trying to get the approval they need. Lawsuits have already been filed to stop the construction. The lesser prairie chicken is still doing its mating dance, and environmental groups still continue to oppose all types of power generation.

At some point, there has to be a compromise between what would be perfect and what is possible. There is no perfectly “clean” source of electricity. But electricity we must have, unless we’d all like to squat in mud huts trying to read by the light of a stinking tallow candle. And this, ultimately, is the route the radical environmental left is taking us. They prevent all construction, while demand increases past the capacity to generate. California’s rolling blackouts on a national scale, anyone?

No one wants a dirty environment. No one I know wishes to return to the days when the Ohio River caught on fire. But we must temper the zeal for a cleaner environment with common sense.